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YOUNG KARTING ACE JOINS SBR

Stone Brothers Racing
September 24, 2009


Karting whiz kid, Scott McLaughlin will commence a four year apprenticeship with Stone Brothers Racing next year, the position within the V8 Supercar team enabling the New Zealand born teenager to advance his mechanical skills and pursue his dream of a professional career in motor racing.

Just yesterday (Sunday) McLaughlin wrapped up the Victorian Country Series in Clubman Light at Warrnambool Raceway in Western Victoria, charging around the 700-metre circuit to record a clean sweep of victories and fastest laps to close out the six-round series in fine style. The kiwi karting ace also recorded the fastest lap in each race and claimed his first major series win since moving into the senior ranks at the start of this year.

The busy teenager who balances regular karting events, high school and rugby completed work experience with SBR earlier in the year and team owners Ross and Jimmy Stone were extremely impressed with Scott’s work ethic and professional approach to motor racing.

“Scott showed a lot of initiative when he approached us about working at SBR so we invited him to do a week of work experience. He is a very modest and enthusiastic young man, he fitted in really well so Jimmy and I were more than happy to offer him an apprenticeship,” Ross said

“Scott is in good company, we currently have two apprentices working at SBR, one in mechanics and one in fabrication. It’s a four year investment but we see it as a great way to kick start your career.

“As a young driver who clearly wants to pursue racing opportunities an apprenticeship is a great way for Scott to learn the inner workings of a car and team.”

Scott will complete this year at his Gold Coast high school, Saint Stephen’s College before kicking off his full time position with SBR mid January 2010.

“This is a great opportunity for me to align a technical qualification to my future motor racing pursuits and I can’t wait to get started. We met with my school and they fully supported me choosing this option and I can’t wait to start with SBR,” Scott said

“SBR can teach me so much that will help my motor racing plans and if I can’t succeed in carving out a driving career in V8 Supercars I will be more than happy working within in the industry with one of the top teams.”

WHO IS SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN?

DOB: 10th of June, 1993
Place of Birth: Christchurch, New Zealand
Currently Resides: Gold Coast, Queensland

Career Achievements/Results

2009 Victorian Country Series Champion
1st Victorian All Star Series Round 1 (first meeting as a senior) – Geelong Kart Club, Corio, VIC
3rd 2009 Queensland State Championships – Cooloola Coast Kart Club, QLD
3rd 2009 Northern Territory State Championships – Darwin Kart Club, NT
19th 2008 Rotax World Championships – La Conca International Kart Track, Muro Lecesse, Italy (ran as high as 5th)
2008 Victorian State Champion – Geelong Kart Club, Corio, VIC
2007 All Star Series Champion, Junior Clubman
3rd 2008 Australian National Championship – Launceston Kart Club, TAS
2006 Tasmanian State Champion – Orielton Kart Club, Hobart, TAS
3rd 2006 Victorian State Championship – Go Kart Club of Victoria, Port Melbourne, VIC
Three-time (2006, 07, 08) City of Melbourne Champion - Go Kart Club of Victoria, Port Melbourne, VIC
2002 NZ North Island Champion – Hamilton Kart Club, Hamilton, NZ
2002 Youngest ever New Zealand Cadet Kart Champion at nine years old



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